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April 20th - 22nd 2015 London, UK
Conference Speakers
Agnes Molnar

Agnes Molnar is CEO and Managing Consultant of Search Explained, specializing in Information Architecture and Enterprise Search. She started her career as a developer while she was studying Information Technology at the Budapest University of Technology and Economics. By the time she acquired her Master's Degree, she has already established a solid profession in Computer Science. She has worked for various companies in Europe and the US, developing dozens of SharePoint and FAST implementations for both commercial and government organizations throughout the world. Her familiarity and extensive knowledge in SharePoint and other Content Management Systems enabled her to start her own consultancy business, and to eventually become an Independent Consultant. Since 2008, Agnes has been a consistent recipient of the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) Award, for actively sharing her technical expertise in Microsoft SharePoint Server. She is a regular speaker at technical conferences and symposiums around the globe. She has also co-authored several books and white papers. She also maintains her passion and dedication on the subject through her blog,, where she shares troubleshooting tips, best practices, and other useful resources in Content Management with a light and wholesome approach.

Alex Pearce

Alex has been working on educational projects for the last 8 years using Microsoft products to increase learner’s knowledge. Following 5 years of working in public state schools he moved back in the corporate world developing SharePoint solutions for Local Education Authorities. As Learning Platform Solutions Architect at Redstone, Alex gets to build the most advanced learning portals for students, staff, parents and the local community.

Alex was awarded SharePoint MVP in 2008 and runs the Learning Gateway User Group. He is also the co-founder of the Learning Gateway Conference run annually in the summer.

Andrew Connell

Andrew Connell is an independent consultant that enjoys development, writing & teaching. He is an ten-time recipient of Microsoft’s Most Valuable Professional (MVP) award (2005-2014) for Microsoft Content Management Server (MCMS) & Microsoft SharePoint Server. He has authored and contributed to numerous MCMS and SharePoint books over the years including his book Professional SharePoint 2007 Web Content Management Development by WROX and is the author of numerous articles on the Microsoft Developer Network (MSDN) & in various print magazines. You can learn from Andrew as when he teaches hands-on courses through Critical Path Training ( or through one of the many on-demand classes he has published though Pluralsight ( Andrew has spoken at conferences and community events in the United States, Canada, Australia, England, Spain, Norway, Sweden and the Netherlands. You can find Andrew on his blog (, follow him on Twitter @andrewconnell or subscribe to his podcast (

Andrew Woodward

With almost 20 years of experience in software development Andrew has constantly pushed his craft to new levels, starting from very controlled ISO9001:TickIT based development for the NHS and MOD, through eXtreme Programming to Scrum and Kanban approaches today.

Being introduced to SharePoint in 2002 Andrew saw real value in the platform, delivering his first global deployment the same year and ultimately shifting his focus to SharePoint supporting some of the largest deployments of SharePoint on 2003, 2007, 2010 and more recently 2013, becoming a SharePoint MVP in 2007.

Andrew supports teams in adopting agile development approaches, mentoring internal teams, helping clients work with their partners and leading teams on high profile projects. Sharing his experiences and techniques through speaking at conferences globally and blogging at

Ant Clay

Ant is Founder & CEO of Soulsailor Consulting Ltd, Innovation Games® Qualified Instructor, author of ‘The SharePoint Governance Manifesto’, trained facilitator and one of a new breed of SharePoint business technology consultants. Known to ask clients repeatedly “Why?” until they breakdown and admit “they just don’t know”, Ant works extensively on client projects using collaborative play techniques, to help them innovate and align technology to organisational outcomes, whilst changing the way they work through facilitation, visualisation, Gamestorming and storytelling.

Ant spends his time consulting, coaching, delivering workshops and training, writing and speaking on a range of topics including SharePoint, Collaboration, Requirements Facilitation, Governance, Change Management and Adoption.

Asif Rehmani

Asif has been training and consulting on SharePoint technologies since 2002. He is a SharePoint Server MVP and MCT. Asif runs a SharePoint Videos website ( which provides SharePoint, SharePoint Designer and InfoPath Video Tutorials. His videos have been published at Microsoft's TechNet, Channel 9 and site. Asif also provides in-person and online SharePoint training publicly and in private workshops through Critical Path Training (

Asif is the author of the book "SharePoint 2013 - First Look for Power Users". He is also the co-author of the books "Professional SharePoint Designer 2007", "Beginning SharePoint Designer 2010" and "Real World SharePoint 2010" by Wrox publications. Asif was the co-founder of the Chicago SharePoint User Group (

For a more detailed bio, please visit You can reach Asif at:

Ben Curry

Ben Curry (CISSP, MCP, CNE, CCNA) is highly respected as an enterprise network architect specializing in knowledge management and collaboration technologies. As a senior instructor for Mindsharp, Ben shares his knowledge in training courses that cover the next generation of Microsoft products. In his capacity as a Mindsharp consultant, Ben draws on his years of experience to develop powerful customized solutions based on the SharePoint platform for our clients. In recognition of his expertise with SharePoint Server Products and Technologies, Microsoft awarded Ben the prestigious title of Most Valuable Professional (MVP). Ben is the author or co-author of two books SharePoint products and technologies. He contributes articles to key Web sites such as TechNet and enjoys speaking at user groups and private engagements. Ben has over fifteen years of experience designing, managing, implementing and securing datacenter IT solutions. He has worked primarily with the federal government including U.S. Army, Veteran’s Administration, and most recently, NASA. Ben lives in Huntsville, Alabama with his wife and two children.

Ben Robb

Ben Robb works for a professional services company in their Global SharePoint Centre of Excellence, deploying SharePoint throughout their complex internal environement. He was previously the CTO of a Microsoft Gold Partner specialising in intranet and website design and build, providing expert consultancy to clients such as Barclays, Aviva, Catlin and Deutsche Bank. He has been given the Microsoft “Most Valuable Professional” award for the past five years for his work on SharePoint, and is a frequent speaker at conferences around the world.

Bill Ayers

Bill Ayers is a consultant developer and solution architect who has been working on SharePoint since the 2003 version of the product. He is a Microsoft Certified Master and Charter MCSM, and a Microsoft Certified Trainer. He specializes in web content management and Intranet portals and mobile solutions with a particular focus on agile software development practices. He has over 20 years’ experience in the software industry, and speaks regularly at international conferences and user groups. He is also a moderator on, and blogs occasionally at He is based in Sheffield, UK.

Bradley T. Smith

Bradley Thomas Smith is a business owner and entrepreneur living and working in Northern Virginia. He became involved in software development and consulting using Microsoft technologies after serving a tour in the United States Marine Corps. In 2005, Bradley founded Black Blade Associates, Inc. to provide high quality solutions to customers in the public and private sectors. Since that time, Black Blade has established partnerships with several key systems integrators, consultant firms, and vendors in the Washington DC/ Metro area and the Microsoft market segments. Personally, Bradley’s work with MS Office server product teams led him to be provided a seat on the Office Developer Advisory Council in 2004, allowing him to contribute towards upcoming Office Server products and subsequently, the Office 12 Technology Adoption Program. Bradley was awarded the Microsoft “Most Valued Professional” award four years in a row for his continuing contributions in the general community for the next versions of SharePoint Products and Technologies and continuing dedication to work with and grow the defense and commercial markets for Microsoft business software.

Brendan Griffin

Brendan Griffin is a Senior Premier Field Engineer at Microsoft UK where he assists Microsoft’s largest customers to implement, manage and maintain SharePoint. He has been working in the IT industry since 2000 and began to specialize in SharePoint shortly after the release of SPS 2003. Brendan is a Microsoft Certified Master (MCM) in SharePoint 2010 and is a regular blogger at

Prior to joining Microsoft in 2007 he worked for a Microsoft Gold Partner where he provided managed service support and consultancy to a wide range of customers across all verticals.

Brendan is based in Yorkshire and outside of IT he is a big boxing, fitness and retro gaming fanatic!

Brett Lonsdale

Brett Lonsdale is a Microsoft SharePoint expert based in Leicestershire, UK. Brett shares his knowledge and skills of Microsoft SharePoint Business Connectivity Services, Content Aggregation, Permissions Management and Business Intelligence through regular presentations at SharePoint User Groups and conferences.

Brett has authored and co-authored several books on Microsoft SharePoint, is a co-host of the SharePoint Pod Show, and owner of Microsoft SharePoint tools and web parts company Lightning Tools.


Brian Alderman

Trainer at CBT Nuggets | @brianalderman@cbtnuggets 
Brian is a trainer at CBT Nuggets and has been focused on helping IT Pros and Database Administrators (DBAs) better understand Microsoft SharePoint and SQL Server technologies for over 20 years. As an industry-recognized consultant, author and conference speaker, Brian’s expertise and designs range across SharePoint, SQL Server, Microsoft Operating Systems, and Active Directory. A frequent presenter at SharePoint Conferences around the world, he has co-authored several SharePoint, SQL Server, and other technical books, including Microsoft SharePoint 2010 Administrator’s Companion and Microsoft SharePoint 2013 Administration Inside Out. He is currently a MCSE, MCT, and MCITP: SharePoint and SQL Server Administrator. Brian has a BS and MS in Computer Information Systems where he graduated summa cum laude from Regis University of Colorado Springs and lives in Scottsdale, AZ where he enjoys playing golf year round and traveling around the world. 

Cathy Dew

Cathy, MCTS, is a consultant at Planet Technologies, graphic designer and SharePoint MVP based out of Huntsville, Alabama. She focuses primarily on branding and user experience and how it relates to the SharePoint platform. She also works with SharePoint from a general end user and business analyst perspective, defining requirements and governance as needed.

She has worked on many SharePoint installations to brand SharePoint and make it look "Not like SharePoint." Cathy has started and run a number of SharePoint User Groups and is involved with the Women in SharePoint group. She has presented sessions on SharePoint branding, governance and requirements gathering at user groups, SharePoint Saturday events, conferences, and training sessions. She also enjoys facilitating conversations and connections for Women in SharePoint as one of the founding board members.

Chandima Kulathilake

Chandima aka “Chan” is an Enterprise Solutions Consultant based in New Zealand. He is a Microsoft Certified SharePoint expert who has been working with SharePoint technologies since 2001. He provides solution architecture consulting for SharePoint deployments covering planning information architecture and governance. He is the co-owner of Knowledge Cue Ltd ( ) a company based in New Zealand specialising in SharePoint. He has presented at International and local conferences on deployment and governance best practices for SharePoint. He has been awarded with Microsoft Most Valuable Professional award since 2007 for his contributions to the worldwide SharePoint community.

Chris O'Brien

Chris O’Brien (MCSD.Net, MCTS, MVP) is an independent SharePoint consultant with over 9 years experience working with complex projects on Microsoft technologies. Chris is still very much a hands-on developer, and has led several large-scale web initiatives including e-commerce, WCM, intranet, back-end integration and workflow projects. Past clients include BP, Microsoft, London’s Metropolitan Police Service, the Ministry of Defence (UK), Northern Ireland government and Standard Chartered Bank. With a background in ASP.Net/Content Management Server/Commerce Server, Chris’ current main area of focus is building public websites on MOSS and he continues to learn with every project.

In addition to his day job, Chris runs a highly-regarded blog focused on the development aspects of SharePoint at www., and has created several popular community tools such as the SharePoint Content Deployment Wizard. Chris is also a regular speaker at the UK SharePoint user group, and is based in London, England.

Christina Wheeler

Based in Bonaire, GA, Christina (MCTS) is an Independent Consultant who focuses on SharePoint development, administration, branding, and training. She is a highly respected SharePoint consultant who is extremely active in the SharePoint community. With over 10 years of experience in the industry, Christina has knowledge in graphic design, Web development, and custom development with her work primarily targeted toward educational and financial institutions. As a trainer, Christina brings her real-world experience to the classroom. Christina was the tech editor of "SharePoint 2007 Developer’s Guide to Business Data Catalog" and co-author of the "SharePoint 2010 Field Guide." She enjoys contributing articles to technical websites and often speaks at SharePoint community events and conferences. Christina has a strong passion for technology and photography who enjoys sharing and learning with the community.

Darvish Shadravan

Darvish (“D”) Shadravan is a Senior Technical Specialist employed by Microsoft where he focuses on SharePoint and related technologies. He has been with Microsoft for 16 years in various technical roles working directly with enterprise customers.  Darvish is the co-author of the MS Press book Using InfoPath 2010 with SharePoint 2010 Step by Step and he is the lead author on the upcoming Microsoft Press title SharePoint 2013 Inside Out.  Darvish is a frequent speaker at SharePoint conferences worldwide.  He can be reached via twitter @dshadravan or LinkedIn.

Eric Shupps

Eric Shupps is the founder and President of BinaryWave, a leading provider of enterprise software solutions for SharePoint.  Eric has worked with SharePoint Products and Technologies since 2001 as a consultant, administrator, architect, developer and trainer.  He is an advisory committee member of the Dallas/Ft. Worth SharePoint Community group and participating member of user groups throughout the United Kingdom.  Eric has authored numerous articles on SharePoint, speaks at user group meetings and conferences around the world, and publishes a popular SharePoint blog at

Fabian Williams

Fabian Williams is a SharePoint Architect at Planet Technologies, Inc. in the Federal Information Worker Practice. His work with the SharePoint product line dates back to the 2003 release. Fabian holds a Bachelors of Science degree in Computer Information System “Magna-Cum-Laude” from Strayer University, Washington D.C. and his Masters in Computer Information Technology studies at the Johns Hopkins University Carey School for Business in Columbia, Maryland. He holds the following Microsoft Certifications MCSE, MCSD and MCDBA. You may find him on twitter at the @fabianwilliams handle and his blog is

Heather Waterman

Heather Waterman is the Director of Synteractive Studio at the Washington DC based Synteractive, Inc. She is responsible for leading the designers and developers with an emphasis on web design for SharePoint. She has over ten years of web design and development experience, the past four with a primary focus on SharePoint branding. With these skills she has quickly become a leader in the SharePoint branding community. Her 2010 SharePoint Branding projects include and among others.

When Heather is not working on client projects, she contributes design and branding time to the community by developing blogs and sites for other community leaders. She resides in Laurens, South Carolina with her husband and two sons.

Jennifer Mason

As a SharePoint Server MVP, Jennifer has spent the last several years consulting others on best practices for implementing business solutions using SharePoint technologies. She is passionate about SharePoint and loves using out-of-the-box features to bring immediate ROI to her clients. She has worked with a range of companies, leading teams responsible for design, implementation and maintenance of SharePoint environments. Jennifer focuses on strategy, planning, governance and sharing her knowledge with the SharePoint community.

John Holliday

John Holliday is the founder and CEO of SharePoint Architects, a SharePoint consultancy focused on enterprise content management, records management and business process automation. John is the author of “Professional SharePoint 2007 Records Management Development”, and has co-authored many popular SharePoint development books, including “Professional SharePoint 2007 Development”.

With over 25 years of professional IT consulting experience, John has been involved in the full range of commercial software development projects as a covnsulting software architect and developer. He is the creator of the CAML.NET Framework, which enables developers to build SharePoint components more easily, and the CAML. NET Intellisense add-in for Visual Studio 2008 and 2010. John is also the founder of the SharePoint Developer Network (www. - twitter: @SPDEVNET), which is committed to helping SharePoint developers find jobs, career opportunities and peer support.

John Timney

John Timney is a Principal Strategy Consultant based in the UK. Much of his interest and day to day work is around Business Impact and Technical Strategies for Collaborative Solutions based on SharePoint, including Architectural Assurance and Governance, Project Management, Service Assurance and Delivery and Accessibility compliance. He is currently employed by Capgemini and is based in the North of England.

With 20 years in IT, he has a lot of experience to draw upon and has architected some of the largest and most influential SharePoint systems currently deployed. John has in the past co-authored a number of books and is active in the Technet forums daily. He also reviews for some of the world’s leading book companies and recently co-authored the SharePoint Handbook. He is a veteran Microsoft SharePoint MVP, the North east Co-ordinator and a regular speaker for the Sharepoint User Group in the UK.

Kimmo Forss

Kimmo Forss is an Architect with Microsoft Consulting Services. He has been working with SharePoint since the first releases to help customers and partners design and implement SharePoint solutions. He specializes in architecture, coexistence and migration. Kimmo is both a Microsoft Certified Master for SharePoint 2007 and SharePoint 2010 and an instructor in the SharePoint MCM program. In his current role Kimmo focuses on the different flavors of cloud as they relate to SharePoint.

Laura Rogers

Laura is a SharePoint expert, speaker, author and educator. She is well-versed in helping organizations make the most of their SharePoint environments using out-of-box functionalities such as workflows, forms and Web parts. She is currently a Manager of SharePoint Consultants at Rackspace Hosting. Laura’s technical expertise also includes over 10 years of experience working with Microsoft’s messaging and collaboration systems. She has been named a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) for the past four years. A seasoned author and speaker, Laura has presented at numerous conferences, user groups and SharePoint Saturdays, and she runs the Birmingham (AL) SharePoint User Group. She has contributed to several books on SharePoint 2007, 2010 and 2013 over the past seven years. You can read more about Laura’s experiences on her blog,

Twitter : @wonderlaura

Liam Cleary

Over 15 years ago Liam started his IT Career, he now works as a Solution Architect for Protiviti in Virginia. His core focus is to ensure that SharePoint can either natively or with minimal customization meet the business requirement securely. He is also an eight time SharePoint MVP focusing on Architecture but also crosses the boundary into Development. He can often be found at user groups or conferences speaking, offering advice, spending time in the community, teaching his kids how to code, raspberry PI programming, hacking the planet or building Lego robots

Lori Gowin

Lori Gowin is a Microsoft SharePoint PFE. Since 1999, she has been supporting and managing Microsoft products and technologies. The last six years have been focused on SharePoint and the Microsoft Office Professional Suite. She has created InfoPath and SharePoint solutions in various industries. Lori lives in Birmingham, Alabama with her husband and two sons. When not working with SharePoint, she enjoys reading, traveling, and watching sports. She is currently serving as a co-chairperson for the Birmingham SharePoint Users' Group.

Mark Rackley

Mark is a Principal Consultant for CapSpire, LLC with more than 19 years of experience designing and developing software solutions. Mark’s daily responsibilities include forging the direction of solution architecture and development projects for clients while providing the best solutions for clients’ unique problems. As a globally recognized SharePoint geek, Mark is an active blogger, presenter, author (and bacon aficionado) who is eager to lend his real-world knowledge of SharePoint to all who need it.
In addition to speaking at various SharePoint conferences, Mark is the organizer of SharePointalooza and can be found speaking at as many Saturday events as his professional and family life will allow. Mark engages his audiences with humor, real-world stories from the trenches, and practical solutions. For more information, read his blog at

Mark Stokes

Mark is an MVP for SharePoint Server and Solutions Architect for Red Plane, a Microsoft Partner in the North West. Mark has been working with SharePoint technologies since the introduction of SharePoint Portal Server 2003 mainly in the collaboration and productivity space. Mark has a keen focus on driving effective business knowledge management and has worked for many leading organisations such as 3i, McLaren F1, Kellogg, Unilever, Savills Plc, Macmillan Cancer Support and many more. Mark is also the North West regional Co-ordinator for the SharePoint User Group (, arranging and speaking a meetings in the Manchester area.

Twitter: @MarkStokes

Matt Bremer

Matt Bremer is currently a Productivity Technical Solution Professional with Microsoft in St. Louis, Missouri. Matt is a recovering SharePoint consultant and .NET developer. When Matt is not out evangelizing about Office 365 and SharePoint he can often be found in his office which smells of rich mahogany and contains many leather bound SharePoint books. You can follow him on Twitter at Stay classy!


Matthew McDermott

Matthew is a founder and director at Aptillon, Inc, an eight-time Microsoft SharePoint Server MVP and part time trainer for Critical Path Training. Matthew specializes in SharePoint Integration, Strategy and Implementation Consulting helping his clients solve business problems with SharePoint. Matthew is a speaker, content author, blogger and specialist in SharePoint technologies focused on web content management, collaboration, search and social computing.

Matthew’s free time is spent as a canine handler for K9 Search • Austin, a volunteer K9 search team serving the FBI and Austin & San Antonio Police Departments. An accomplished cook and bartender, in his spare time Matt spends as much time with his wife as his dog will allow.

Twitter: @MatthewMcD

Mike Fitzmaurice

Mike Fitzmaurice is the Vice President of Product Technology for Nintex, a global company committed to delivering out-of-box productivity solutions built for and with SharePoint Technology, and is responsible for product direction, evangelism, technical marketing, and technical business strategy. Until May 2008, he had spent more than 10 years at Microsoft, the majority of that time working on Windows® SharePoint® Services and Microsoft® Office SharePoint® Server in roles including developer evangelism, competitive strategy, enterprise consulting, user education, product marketing, and technical event planning. Before joining Microsoft, Fitzmaurice served as Director of Research and Development at Advanced Paradigms Inc., a Washington, D.C.-based Microsoft Solution Provider Partner, as well as a five-year tenure as IT Director of the National Association of Broadcasters.

Mirjam van Olst

Mirjam van Olst works as a SharePoint Architect for Avanade in the Netherlands. She has been helping companies to implement SharePoint solutions since 2004. Mirjam is one of the very few Microsoft Certified Masters for both SharePoint 2007, SharePoint 2010 and Microsoft Certified Solutions Master SharePoint (2013).

Mirjam is a co-organizer of the Dutch Information Worker User Group (DIWUG) and a regular author and editor for the popular DIWUG eMagazine. She also contributes to the SharePoint community by blogging at, writing articles and speaking at SharePoint events on a regular basis. Mirjam has been awarded the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional award since 2010.

Neil Hodgkinson

Neil Hodgkinson (PhD, MCM : SharePoint Server 2007 & 2010) is a Senior Engineering Service Engineer with Microsoft Office Division engaged as a Senior Escalation resource for Office 365. Starting his IT career as a SQL and ASP developer Neil transitioned to SharePoint Technologies back in 2000 when nobody really knew what an incredible platform it was to become. Primarily his role is keeping the Microsoft SharePoint Online platform in good shape and adhering to the best practice guidance for very large scale deployments. Neil is an instructor and content owner for SharePoint Enterprise Search and FAST for SharePoint Search on the Microsoft Certified Master Program. He has spoken at many internal, external and partner conferences for Microsoft and is a founder contributor to the Microsoft Field Engineering blog at com/blogs/fromthefield.

Neil hails from Manchester and outside of work is a fan of classic rock music and UK metal bands but most of all enjoys spending time at home with his wife watching their three young children having fun and living life.

Paul Hunt

Paul is a Solutions Architect working with Trinity, an MS Gold Partner Professional Services company and based out of their London office. He has been working with SharePoint since the 2003 version and has a wide experience of SharePoint across many industry verticals. With a long background in supporting Windows technologies, Paul originally entered the SharePoint world as a developer/IT Pro hybrid which has stood him in good stead as an architect.

Paul is one of the co-organisers of the SharePoint User Group UK - London region and can often be found at user group events around the UK and Europe as both speaker and attendee, as well as on Twitter using the handle @Cimares.


Paul Schaeflein

Paul Schaeflein (MVP, MCTS) is an application developer with experience in all versions of the SharePoint platform. Paul has managed and worked on development teams building applications on SharePoint. As an instructor, Paul brings this realworld experience to the classroom.

Paul is an active writer, providing contributions to books, online periodicals, numerous CodePlex projects and his weblog. Paul has presented at many user groups and code camps, as well as the SharePoint Best Practices conference. Currently, Paul is on the advisory committee for Microsoft’s patterns & practices group, working on SharePoint Guidance.

Paul has more than two decades experience in architecting, designing and developing software solutions. This experience covers a vast range of technologies, languages and industries. Having developed many line-of-business applications, Paul has a firm grasp on the challenges that corporate developers face when integrating them into a corporate portal.

Paul lives outside of Chicago, IL with his wife and three children. Paul spends his summers over the charcoal grill and his winters at Blackhawks games.

Paul Turner

Paul has over 15 years’ experience in the consultancy world with the last 10 being SharePoint focused. He was involved in the Tahoe JDP, working through all versions of SharePoint and has worked on the early implementations of the new technologies including installing the first production Exchange 2000 (1999) and MOSS 2007 (Aug 2006) servers in Europe. Paul is also the Worldwide Services Competency leader for SharePoint in HP Software and this role includes knowledge transfer to consultants in HP and customers as well as working with a major customer on their 2010 migration and governance plans. He is currently the working on the SharePoint 2010 TAP for developing HP Trim software as well as the internal implementation of SharePoint and Records management for 300,000 users.

His main expertise is as a Solution Architect in Information Management (IM) and Enterprise Content Management (ECM) and compliance solutions based on the Microsoft SharePoint Technologies. He also specialises in the Web Content Management area with external facing portals such as and partner based portals for well-known companies. His latest project is with a European Car manufacturer, who are transferring their Notes applications into SharePoint. The SharePoint delivery will be cloud based and Paul is the lead architect for this work. Other recent projects have included the role of solution architect for to Dutch, Canadian, Irish, Finnish and UK Government departments for their eCollaboration requirements including compliance regulations.

When not travelling the world (testing economy class seats) Pauls main distractions are sailing and power boating as well as watching Rugby Union after retiring from the game from the last set of injuries (4 broken ribs)

Penny Coventry

Penelope Coventry is a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) for Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 and an independent consultant based in the U.K., with more than 25 years of industry experience. She focuses on the design, implementation, and development of SharePoint Technology–based solutions. She has worked with SharePoint since 2001 and, in recent years, has lead a team for the ATLAS Consortium on the Defence Information Infrastructure project, provided consultancy services to U.K. Microsoft Gold partners, and trained consultants, administrators, and end-users on Microsoft and Hewlett Packard projects. She has produced SharePoint related courseware for Mindsharp since 2002 and teamed up with Steve Smith of Combined Knowledge to produce several SharePoint related whitepapers. Penny has co-authored a number of books, including Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 Administrator’s Companion, Microsoft SharePoint Products and Technologies Resource Kit, the two editions of Microsoft Windows SharePoint Services Step by Step and the Microsoft SharePoint Designer 2007 Step by Step book. Penny has spoken at a number of conferences, at the UK’s SharePoint User Group meetings and is frequently seen at TechEd and IT Forum, either as a Technical Learning guide or at the Ask-the-Experts stands.

Rob Foster

Penelope Coventry is a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) for Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 and an independent consultant based in the U.K., with more than 25 years of industry experience. She focuses on the design, implementation, and development of SharePoint Technology–based solutions. She has worked with SharePoint since 2001 and, in recent years, has lead a team for the ATLAS Consortium on the Defence Information Infrastructure project, provided consultancy services to U.K. Microsoft Gold partners, and trained consultants, administrators, and end-users on Microsoft and Hewlett Packard projects. She has produced SharePoint related courseware for Mindsharp since 2002 and teamed up with Steve Smith of Combined Knowledge to produce several SharePoint related whitepapers. Penny has co-authored a number of books, including Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 Administrator’s Companion, Microsoft SharePoint Products and Technologies Resource Kit, the two editions of Microsoft Windows SharePoint Services Step by Step and the Microsoft SharePoint Designer 2007 Step by Step book. Penny has spoken at a number of conferences, at the UK’s SharePoint User Group meetings and is frequently seen at TechEd and IT Forum, either as a Technical Learning guide or at the Ask-the-Experts stands.

Sam Hassani

Sam Hassani is a Principal Consultant at BrightStarr in the UK, with the primary goal of working with customers to plan, design and implement solutions built on Microsoft SharePoint. Prior to this Sam worked as a Microsoft Premier Field Engineer (PFE) for 6 years, providing SharePoint on-site proactive support and consulting services with EMEA-based customers. During 2012 Sam was seconded as a Beta Support Engineer working with SharePoint 2013 early adopter customers providing issue support and deployment guidance. Sam was also been heavily involved in providing and delivering SharePoint 2013 readiness for the PFE EMEA team.
Sam obtained the SharePoint 2010 Microsoft Certified Master (MCM) certification in May 2011, the highest level of SharePoint technical training and knowledge validation.
In addition to his day-to-day work, Sam has presented varying SharePoint sessions at a variety of technical conferences, such as Microsoft TechEd Europe, the Microsoft SharePoint Conferences in 2011, 2012, 2014, the SharePoint Evolution Conference 2013 and the SharePoint Evolution Roadshow 2014.

Sandra Mahan

Sandra Mahan has over 20 years of experience in all aspects of Human Resources including staffing, analytics, employee relations, and benefits but her passion lies in the technology-side of the industry. She is now the SharePoint Team Lead at the company she works for and is looked to as a resource by many departments to provide quick, user-friendly applications utilizing SharePoint and InfoPath out-of-the-box as well as ongoing user group training. She has spoken at the SharePoint Evolutions Conference, SharePoint Saturdays, SharePoint Live! 360, SP24 and SharePointalooza.

Sharon Richardson

Sharon Richardson is an independent advisor with over 20 years experience observing what happens when people, information and technology collide. She founded Joining Dots Ltd in 2006 to help organisations develop and implement strategies to improve information systems and collaborative processes being disrupted by digital trends, visualising scenarios to facilitate decisions. Her time is often spent bridging business and IT roles, balancing technology capabilities with social and economic factors that determine the effectiveness of IT. Sharon previously worked at Microsoft as a lead specialist in SharePoint solutions and, before that, spent much of the 90s creating and supporting knowledge systems and networks. Always interested the practical benefits of new technology, Sharon has a passion for keeping 'it' simple and focused on outcomes.
SharePoint tips:
Twitter: @joiningdots


Spencer Harbar

Spencer Harbar is widely recognized as one of the world’s foremost SharePoint authorities. With over 20 years industry experience in the architecture, development, deployment and operational service of applications and hosting platforms, his broad base of fundamental skills routinely enables the world’s largest organizations to succeed with Office 365 and SharePoint. Spencer is the only person to hold all of the Microsoft Certified Master, Microsoft Certified Solutions Master and Microsoft Certified Architect certifications for SharePoint, and is a twelve time recipient of the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional award.

He was the content owner and author for one third of the SharePoint MCSM. He is a strong community advocate, supporting and speaking at the UK SharePoint User Group and helping others via his blog, forums and public events such as the SharePoint Conference, TechEd, SharePoint Evolutions and SharePoint Connections.

In his spare time (not much of it) he enjoys photography, reading, cricket, golf, tennis and Scotch whisky. He listens to the Jazz giants of yesteryear and some young blood, and spends time with family and friends in the beautiful capital city of Edinburgh, Scotland, his home town of Manchester, England, and Zoetermeer, the Netherlands.

Steve Smith

Steve Smith ( MVP-SharePoint Server ) is the owner of Combined Knowledge in the UK and Combined Knowledge Asia Pacific providing Microsoft SharePoint Technical Training courses and Consultancy.

Steve is well travelled spending most of last 20 years travelling in the US and South Asia for the companies he owned and worked with including achieving his first qualification with Microsoft technologies on NT 4 and IIS 3 in New Delhi India in 1998 whilst based there for 3 years. Although tinkering with computers since early Teenage years Steve has specialized with Microsoft’s systems since 1996 and been involved in many Microsoft Beta programs including Windows 2000, Exchange 2000 and SharePoint. The last 8 years however has seen a majority of his time with SharePoint and running the Mindsharp and Combined Knowledge SharePoint courses in the UK, Europe and Asia Pacific, also helping many UK based companies with their SharePoint Implementations including the US Air Force, The Ministry of Defence and Several Blue chip companies. Steve is a Co Organiser of the UK SharePoint User Group and Co Author of the SharePoint 2007 Administrators Companion from MS Press Steve lives in South Leicestershire, England with his wife and 3 children and can be contacted on

Symon Garfield

A consultant and a social scientist focusing on strategy, people, knowledge and technology.  Symon works with the some of the world’s leading organisations to develop and implement successful business strategies using Microsoft productivity and cloud technologies.

Symon is a Senior Microsoft Practice Manager EMEA for Wipro a global consultancy, systems integrator and business process outsourcing provider.   He also works closely with Microsoft as a Virtual-Technology Solutions Professional providing pre-sales consultancy to Microsoft clients and has been a Microsoft MVP for SharePoint since October 2012.

Symon is  a research associate on the  Doctorate of Business Administration programme at Henley Business School.  His research focuses on Social Business.

An international speaker at Microsoft and SharePoint events, a co-author of the SharePoint 2010 Handbook, author of the Art of SharePoint Success, and a regular columnist for CMSWire.  Symon is a co-leader of the London branch of the SharePoint User Group UK



Ted Pattison

Ted Pattison is an author, instructor and co-founder of Critical Path Training (, a company dedicated to education on SharePoint technologies. For the last five years Ted has worked with Microsoft’s Developer Platform Evangelism group researching and authoring SharePoint training material for early adopters. Ted started working with SharePoint 2010 in August of 2008 and since that time has led a series of 5-day training classes in which he has already taught hundreds of professional developers how to get started building custom business solutions using the SharePoint 2010 platform.

You can follow Ted on Twitter at @TedPattison.

Todd Baginski

Todd Baginski is the vice president for mobility at Canviz and a six-time SharePoint MVP who uses SharePoint, Office, cloud, and mobile technologies to create websites, custom solutions, and mobile applications. For the past two years, Todd has worked extensively with mobile technologies and SharePoint integration, particularly with Windows Phone 7. Todd created the MSDN training courses for SharePoint 2010 and Windows Phone 7, and SharePoint 2010 and Windows Azure. Todd is the content author and presenter for the Business Connectivity Services portion of the SharePoint MCM program and a regular speaker at SharePoint conferences. Todd recently served as the technical editor for Scot Hillier and Brad Stevenson’s book, Professional Business Connectivity Services in SharePoint 2010 (Wrox).

Thomas Vochten

Thomas is a SharePoint Server MVP focusing on the infrastructure side of things. As a platform architect he supports his customers in planning, deploying and maintaining their SharePoint infrastructures, whether on-premises or in the cloud. Thomas is also a Microsoft Certified Trainer and a frequent speaker at various SharePoint community events. He also considers himself to be an “Involuntary DBA” and likes to explore the wonderful world of SQL Server.

Virgil Carroll

Virgil grew up as an Alaskan fisherman, so he knows that life, like business, can be smooth sailing one minute and stormy seas the next. His ability to stay calm and clear-headed through the storms of business has been a valuable asset to many companies and individuals throughout the years. After graduating with his Master’s degree, Virgil decided to put his myriad talents to good use and formed High Monkey and is currently its principal human solutions architect.

Waldek Mastykarz

Waldek is Microsoft SharePoint Server MVP and works as SharePoint consultant at Mavention Waldek shares his enthusiasm about the SharePoint platform through his blog, articles published in online and off-line magazines and on MSDN SharePoint Forums. Waldek participates frequently as an Ask-the-expert in community events such as SharePoint Connections, Microsoft TechEd and DevDays. Recently Waldek became a Virtual Technology Solutions Professional for Microsoft Netherlands. In this role he answering customer questions around SharePoint Web Content Management (WCM).,

Wesley Hackett

Wes is a Solution Architect at Content and Code, a Microsoft Gold Partner based in London. He has been designing WCM and ECM solutions based on SharePoint and supporting technologies for the last five years. Specialising in social intranet and collaboration solutions Wes has worked with both Tesco and Yorkshire Water to implement a person centric social intranet with advanced social features. In his spare time Wes can be found working on the Community Kit for SharePoint: Development Tools Edition, a Visual Studio extension providing extended development tools for SharePoint.

You can follow Wes on Twitter @weshackett and read his blog at